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Presenting the 2022 Gold Awards Winners....
Class of '22

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~ the supreme award ~



Whitttakers sends its chocolatey goodness to anyone, anywhere.


As of last year this included Australia, Canada, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, India, Thailand, the Middle East, Kenya and the Pacific.


Co-Chief Operating Officer  Matt Whittaker  says it's one thing to be a trusted and loved brand in New Zealand, but it is looking outwards too:

 "Our goal is for the world to be loving world-class chocolate, crafted right here in Porirua."

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CREATIVE GOLD  in association with NEC

~ film, media & creative content


Excio has invented a new community-driven membership model by building a library that is fair by providing thousands of disadvantaged photographers with sustainable and fair income opportunities.


FOX & CO creates animated content to convey messages for local and international clients. In 2021 producing the live event animated graphics for YouTube creator, MrBeast which has garnered over 51M views to date.


OBVIOUS BRAND PARTNERS is a creative agency building brands with purpose through “empathy-led design”.  Last year they experienced 56% business growth and 33% staff growth.


PS/digital is a full-service creative digital agency that doesn’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach. With 118 active clients, they look after 120 websites with a diverse team that is 54% female and 46% male.


THE PERFORMANCE ARCADE showcases live arts for free to over 60,000 people every summer. The exciting program of live music and performance art, housed within temporary structures made from shipping containers on the waterfront

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EMERGING GOLD PRODUCTS  in association with HNRY

~ 10 or fewer full time employees



Orba Shoes In 2021 Orba’s “Ghost” fully sustainable casual shoe was launched in New Zealand. Next they are launching globally and will continue to have their head office in Kapiti.


ANGEL DELIVERY is our leading nationwide fresh food gifting delivery service, connecting 100,000s of families, friends, and colleagues. Last year delivering over 40,000 meals and experiencing 72% growth.


GIRL NATIVE is a beauty brand that encourages indigenous beauty through sustainable skincare. Their products were included in gift bags for celebrities attending the Emmy Awards Los Angeles 2021.


JUVENATE COSMEDICAL SKINCARE is the fastest growing NZ owned clinic-only skincare brand, distributed in 60 of our most highly regarded Beauty Clinics. Their products are tailored to our harsh and unique climate.

MUNCH CUPBOARD makes eco-friendly household  items, with a vision of “100% sustainable kitchens for the world”. Products from baby feeding, lunchbox and kitchen lines are distributed by 600 retailers in NZ.


SHARE SATISFACTION is a luxury adult toy brand with a full range of sexual wellness and pleasure products. They are on a mission to make high-quality sexual wellness products accessible to everyone, regardless of relationship status, gender and sexuality.

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~ 10 or fewer full time employees



Voideck are a business that ensures the health and safety of tradespeople working at heights on both residential and commercial construction sites.



GET FIXED BICYCLE CAFE are running a workshop, bicycle hire and tours and a café out of converted shipping containers on Porirua’s beautiful harbours edge, specialising in electric bike conversions and custom wheel building.


MĀIA is building a home for kaupapa driven communications in Aotearoa New Zealand, empowering changemakers of the business world with expert communication knowledge.


STRAIGHT FLUSH PLUMBING specialise in break/fix plumbing, gasfitting, drainlaying, CCTV and drain clearing, septic tank and grease trap emptying maintenance.

WERK AGENCY are a full wrap around boutique agency holding creativity and marketing hand in hand, with services including branding, graphic and web design, content production and social media marketing.

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GLOBAL GOLD in association with ANZ

~ exporters


JH WHITTAKER & SONS  From the original Peanut Slab created in the 50s, through to their innovative new flavours and creative collabs of the 2020s. They have won Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brand for the last 11 years.



COFFEE SUPREME was founded in 1993 in Wellington and now operates across New Zealand, Australia and Japan. They source, roast and supply their award winning coffee to keen homebrewers, offices and some of the nation’s best cafes.

DATATORQUE  is a Kiwi technology company trusted by 16 governments worldwide to deliver their tax administration systems. The billions of dollars of tax revenue their systems manage account for around 15 -25% of a nation’s GDP.

GOODNATURE began with a focus of eradicating pests in a humane and clever way in NZ. After 16 years they are a worldwide consumer brand that is rewilding the world with their industry-leading rodent traps.


SEEN SAFETY makes sensors to detect people in high-risk areas. If a person enters the critical danger zone behind a reversing machine, they and the driver receive an audible alert. They have recently secured reseller agreements with major global distributors.

TOM AND LUKE make Snackaballs from whole food ingredients rolled into the perfect sized bite. Now in a Reduced Sugar they are one of the largest employers in Wainuiomata and are an equal opportunity employer.

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~ recent R&D projects



WEBBCo builds fully electric passenger ferries. Their first project, Ika Rere, transports commuters across our harbour at 20 knots - a zero-emission solution expected to save up to 14,500 tonnes of CO2 emissions over its lifetime.


ORBA SHOES began R&D in 2020 on their “Ghost” casual shoes made from biodegradable plant-based materials. By December 2021, 3 months after launching the Ghost, they were certifiied B Corporation too.

REVEALTWIN  is the ‘Google Maps of the subsurface’ – a global software platform to provide cities for the first time with a comprehensive and accurate view of their underground infrastructure assets.

RIPA GLOBAL is an automation platform for payments and procurement using QR codes to the users phone. Launched  here with  their leading client the NZ government with plans to go global.

THE FLOETING DIAMOND this revolutionary solution to the age-old jewellers quest to set a diamond without clasps, is done by a laser cut microgroove  - a world first patented here in Wellington.

YY NATION is a sustainable shoe company, that has developed new plant and bio-based materials in their shoes to replace harmful plastics that don’t break down and clog our landfills.

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SUPPORTING GOLD in association with CATALIST
~ services & infrastructure


TBI Health one of NZ’s largest rehabilitation services, helping those with injury and illness reach their full potential from 30 sites nationwide.  Now focussing on Maori/Pasifika clients via their Hauora Connect service.



ADULTTOYMEGASTORE  is an online retailer for everything adult, leading conversations around sex, self love and sexual health with over 20,000 product lines.


DELIVEREASY  NZ’s leading on-demand food and drink delivery platform. Delivering from over 1,300 providers with a network of over 2,000 drivers.


HUTT CONCRETE PRODUCTS  manufacture a vast array of precast concrete components for large infrastructure projects. Their small team  offers flexibility and  short lead times.


REASON (ex Uprise) offers a full service digital marketing agency via four delivery teams: Data & Analytics, Paid Media, Content & Creative, and Web Performance.


SUMMER OF TECH has connected 1500+ tech students - since 2006, with future employers via their tech workshops and summer internships ~ 80% of eligible interns were retained after their internship.


TECHNOLOGY GOLD in association with PwC

~ technology creators


PartsTrader is a leading online platform and marketplace simplifying the complex process of procuring the right auto collision parts at the lowest market cost.



DRAGONFLY DATA SCIENCE are a science consultancy specialising in data analysis, statistical modelling, machine learning and reproducible reports for a wide range of business and government clients.

PAYSAUCE is a SaaS FIntech platform providing solutions for employees in 14 jurisdictions across the Asia-Pacific region. giving employers the technology to digitally onboard, pay and manage employees from any device.


RAYGUN gives developers x-ray vision into the quality and performance of their code, helping teams achieve visibility, iterate quickly, and deliver exceptional user experiences every time.


VOXELS is building a virtual world and decentralised metaverse, powered by the Ethereum blockchain and used by thousands of artists to build experiences in, and hosted events with tens of thousands of participants.

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VIBRANT GOLD  in association with WellingtonNZ
~ events & hospitality


BREWTOWN A unique food, craft beer and entertainment destination in one location, being the only hospitality offering of it’s kind in the country.



AOTEAROA NZ FESTIVAL OF THE FESTIVAL The nations largest celebration of cutting-edge arts experiences based in the Wellington region, with a strategic vision to create transformative encounters between artists and audiences.

BLOSSOM VALLEY  Now boasting New Zealand’s highest number and density of mature cherry blossoms in one place, generating a full bloom spectacular enjoyed by thousands each year.

CITY GALLERY WELLINGTON is a dynamic cultural presence in Aotearoa, showcasing contemporary art from New Zealand and around the world. A venue for quality research, display and debate.


NZ FRINGE FESTIVAL An inclusive, open access, artist first Festival that has been operating in Te Whanganui a Tara for 32 years, allowing both emerging and established artists a platform.


WAIRARAPA RACING CLUB & TAUHERENIKAU EVENTS embracing the spectacular grounds, heritage buildings and native bush areas that are Tauherenikau, inviting people to enjoy the spaces throughout the year.


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~ workplace safety


SIGN FOUNDRY creates and installs signage and displays often in precarious sites


CENTREPORT provides container, bulk cargo and fuel import/export facilities.


VOIDECK builds safe and efficient temporary platform systems for construction.

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GREEN GOLD in association with Greater Wellington Regional Council

~ sustainability programmes & products


EAST BY WEST FERRIES operates daily ferry services on Wellington Harbour and has recently introduced Ika Rere, the first fully electric, zero emission ferry in the Southern Hemisphere.



BLUE STAR NZ’s leading printing company created their own multi-dimensional sustainability programme “Blue Skies” ensuring all the right actions are taken for the social and environmental wellbeing for all


JH WHITTAKER & SONS creates our finest (and favourite) chocolate. They also focus on it being ethically and sustainably produced from bean to bar, recently awarded a  ‘Good Egg’ and a ‘Green Egg’ award.


ORBA SHOES makes the “Ghost” casual shoe using the most highly renewable  biodegradable plant-based materials. Now B-Corp Certified they won for sustainability at the Global Footwear Awards.


WONKY is an online food rescue business, offering a subscription service that puts nutrition ahead of cosmetic value in food products. They are creating new behavioural changes that put growers and the planet first.


YY NATION wants to make the world’s most sustainable shoes using waste Sugarcane, Pineapple husk, Merino Wool, Bamboo and recycled plastics replacing harmful plastics. Zero Carbon Certified by Ekos™.

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TEAM GOLD in association with FIND RECRUITMENT

~ HR & wellness programmes



DOWNER NZ has a proud 150-year history delivering successful infrastructure projects, attributing their success to the ‘Downer Spirit’ ingrained on all levels of the organisation.


ALLFIELDS  help create public and internal change programmes, working on some of New Zealand’s biggest change projects in recent years.  They are most proud of their team, which has recently doubled in size.


BPM are construction sector consultants who prioritise their own teams well-being with Well-being Plans Contracts written with everyone. And by investing in WOOPS (fitness trackers) for all.

REASON (ex Uprise)  are a full-service digital marketing agency supporting their team with Career Roadmaps, a discretionary bonus pool and their internal  360 Survey.


TAWHIRI runs a suite of arts events including Aotearoa NZ Festival of the Arts - all with the guiding values of Manaakitanga, Kōtahitanga, Whanaungatanga and Tāne te Wānanga.

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